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Homemade Vegan Strawberry Banana Ice Cream and Giveaway Update!

28 Jul

I will admit, before becoming vegan, I had an addiction to ice cream. Even as I transitioned and discovered all of the yummy alternatives to dairy ice cream, I would keep a constant stock in my freezer. For the past month or so, I have really been focusing on reducing all of the extra sugar and processed items from my diet, as well as exercising daily in preparation for my trip to Puerto Rico tomorrow, so the ice cream has not made it home with me. That doesn’t mean that I’m not still craving it! To ease my cravings in a healthy way, I came up with this quick and easy recipe – and it did NOT disappoint! You don’t need an ice cream maker – I did this all in my food processor (a strong blender would work, too).

 

Homemade Vegan Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Makes about 2 servings

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana, cut into small slices

3 or 4 large half frozen strawberries

approx. 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk (I used almond milk)

Process:

1. If your strawberries are completely frozen (mine were), submerge them in a bowl of warm water – they didn’t process well in a completely frozen state.

2. Chop up banana pieces in a food processor/blender – you will have tons of tiny banana pieces.

3. Add half-defrosted strawberries and a small amount of almond milk and process – as the fruit processes, continue to add in the milk to the desired consistency. Here’s what mine looked like:

Ice cream in food processor

4. To get more of a soft serve consistency, stick the ice cream in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes before serving.

5. Add a pretty garnish and enjoy!

YUM!

You can definitely vary this recipe by adding different fruit combos, making sure that the banana is the base. I LOVE the strawberry/banana combo (remember my healthy breakfast shake?), but I am excited to try mango, raspberry, and maybe even blueberry! Like the shake, you could also add a spoonful of cocoa, or even use chocolate non-dairy milk for a different taste. Go nuts!

Giveaway Update:

The SlimKicker Kitchen Scale Giveaway has ended! The people at SlimKicker will look over the entries to pick their favorite challenge idea, and I will post the winner as soon as I can! I will be leaving for Puerto Rico early tomorrow morning, so the announcement may have to wait until Thursday night when we get back….can’t wait to try all of the fresh fruits and veggies that they have there! Adios!  =)

Our resort in San Juan – La Concha

Tropical Green Smoothie

17 Jul

I don’t know about you, but I’m HOT! I don’t feel like doing anything, cooking anything, or even eating anything thanks to the near 100 degree temperatures here in PA. Thankfully, I have a blender and some fresh fruits and veggies, so I decided to drink my lunch!

Ingredients in the blender

Tropical Green Smoothie

Makes 1 extra large smoothie or 2 medium smoothies

Ingredients:

1 banana

1 large kale leaf

1/2 ripe mango

2 rings of fresh pineapple

4 frozen strawberries

1-2 TB ground flaxseeds

1/2-1 cup water

Directions:

1. Place all of the solid ingredients in the blender, waiting until the end to add the water. If you like your smoothies thicker, add less. If you like them a bit runnier, add more water. Blend, and enjoy!

You can always use fresh strawberries instead of frozen and just add a couple of ice cubes in to make it colder – I just happened to have some sitting in the freezer. This smoothie has a wonderful tropical taste with a great green color! Plus, you have a serving of veggies and numerous servings of fruit all in one chilled glass! If you are looking to beat the heat in a healthy way, give this tasty smoothie a try!

Tropical Green Smoothie

What is your favorite healthy, warm weather smoothie? Share your recipes and ideas in the comments!

 

Chocolate Strawberry Banana Breakfast Shake

9 Jun

When I get up in the morning, I really don’t leave myself much time. For some reason, I’ve convinced myself that getting up at the very last possible second and then rushing to get ready leaves me more rested than just getting up 30 minutes earlier! Oh well, it’s logical in my world!  =)

Chocolate Strawberry Banana Shake

That’s why this chocolate strawberry banana breakfast shake is perfect for me – I can throw the handful of ingredients into the blender, turn it on, and breakfast is done and easy to bring in the car. Plus, it’s so good that I make it on the weekends when I have plenty of time to sit and eat if I want to. It’s also very customizable – add ins are welcome! Just a few days ago, I started adding a spoonful of peanut butter to the shake….delicious!

Shake Ingredients

Ingredients

Adapted from the Lowfat Vegan Chef

1 banana (spotted and slightly brown makes for a sweeter shake)

5-6 strawberries

1 TB of cocoa

2 TB flax

1/4-1/2 cup of non-dairy milk (I use almond milk)

4-5 ice cubes

Directions

1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. That’s it!

I found this shake to be just sweet enough with a TB of cocoa in it, but you can always add agave nectar for a bit more. If you would like to skip the ice cubes altogether, you can always  freeze your bananas (I have not tried it yet, but I’ve read that it works really well). Hopefully this chocolate strawberry banana shake will be the easy morning treat that you are craving!

What is your favorite quick and easy breakfast shake/smoothie? Share your ideas below!

Saturday Morning Smoothies

11 Mar

Ingredients in the blender

For the last few weeks, the boyfriend and I have had a Saturday morning tradition of making some delicious smoothies. So far, we’ve used a lot of the same ingredients with only slight variations, but we have yet to make one that we didn’t like. My goal is to move into more green, vegetable based smoothies with a little bit of fruit to add some sweetness to it. If at all possible and affordable, I would love to purchase a juicer – the blender works great for thicker, somewhat chunkier combinations, but I would like to try out juicing for a change. If you have any suggestions for brands that are better while still being in a decent price range, please share below!

Here are some of our recent creations – each recipe makes about 16oz, or 2 glasses, worth of smoothie.

Strawberry/Mango

This was our very first smoothie and a very simple one. I used:

* 2 mangoes

* 1/2 container of strawberries

* 1/2 cup of dry oats

* the juice of 2 oranges

Strawberry/Banana/Blueberry

Creation number two was creamier than our first smoothie, thanks to the banana. Here’s what I used:

* 2 bananas

* 1/2 container of strawberries

* 1 cup of blueberries

* 1/2 cup of dry oats

* a splash of almond milk

Mango/Strawberry/Blueberry

As the picture says, these smoothies have:

* 2 mangoes

* 1/2 container of strawberries

* 1 cup of blueberries

* 1/2 cup of dried oats

* juice of 2 oranges

Mango/Banana/Strawberry/ Blueberry/Spinach

This last one is not the most appealing of colors, thanks to the blueberries and spinach, but it was DELICIOUS! Plus, the spinach added a ton of vitamins without any weird taste! Here’s what’s in it:

* 1 mango

* 1 banana

* 1/2 container of strawberries

* 1 cup of blueberries

* 1 cup of spinach

* juice from 2 oranges

I’m looking forward to finding more exciting flavor combinations and using new and different fruits and veggies.

What’s your favorite smoothie/shake? Would love to hear your ideas!

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